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MOVEABLE FEAST 2014 Chomping through the varied eats of the Western neighborhoods.

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The Daily Blurgh: Sex spray, tasty jerky

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

Local art thief nabbed, ID-ed.

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New spray could help the 'one minute men' in your life (and it's not Axe).

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Labor's small business friends

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Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 250 of his recent columns.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other outspoken foes of organized labor like to claim that small business owners are as anti-union as the notoriously anti-union Chamber and its big business members. But don't you believe it.

Unfortunately, plenty of people do believe it. They accept the conventional wisdom that employers, large or small, don't like unions in general and especially don't like their employees joining or organizing unions to represent them in determining their working conditions.

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Oakland hosts Buzz band

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By Sam Stander

First-wave British punk’s pop geniuses the Buzzcocks have been reunited for some time now, currently sporting two members from the band’s heyday in the late ’70s, guitarist-vocalists Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle. They’re passing through the East Bay on Fri/4, at Oakland’s Uptown, backed by pop-punkers the Dollyrots. It’s their only Bay Area stop on this go-round, and a surprisingly small venue for such a heroic act. Buzzcocks monopolize a distinctive mixture of frankness and enthusiasm that still trumps their countless teen-bop imitators, and any chance to see them even at this late date should be relished. Videos (now and then) and show info after the jump.

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Hot sexy events June 2-8

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I once took a memoir writing class that ended up being all women. One of the most powerful, if slightly cringe-inducing pieces that was read aloud was one from a fifty-something lady who'd just taken her first pole dancing class, a course which culminated in an amateur night at a local tattoo-and-piercing style strip club. This lady was absolutely, deep breathingly, tear jerkingly, blown away by the power surge of arousal that she got from trotting out her decidedly un-pinup lady parts on the floor. It made me wish that all moms got a gift certificate for stripper class upon their last child's exodus from the family home. Gosh, and what if they all got to check out a Vagina Jenkins show (Fri/4)! Do you like? If you do, check out Slinky Productions' little how-to on Sun/6. Sure, at $149 it's spendy, but at what cost sexy?

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Newsom doesn't read the Guardian!

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Gav was on KQED this morning, talking about his run for Lite Guv, and he started right off by saying how he doesn't ever -- ever -- read the Bay Guardian

Michael Krasny started off by asking why Newsom refused to appear on the radio in a debate with Janice Hahn. "She agreed, you didn't." Krasny asked. "Why?"Read more »

Why Comcast sucks

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Ever wonder why Comcast routinely ranks among the worst companies in America for customer service? Let me tell you a story.Read more »

Appetite: Giant legs and Willy Wonka -- adventures at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

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I was one of the lucky ones, spending eight days in NY, my old stomping grounds, for the first annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic, which highlights and celebrates the art of the cocktail and its greatest talents. Or so I thought... Read more »

More Rara Tou Limen than tutu: Ethnic Dance Fest 2010

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“It's a great thing for us to be in the festival this year,” says Portsha Jefferson, artistic director of Ethnic Dance Festival first timer, the Rara Tou Limen Haitian dance company. “There's so many misconceptions about Haiti and voudou -- this gives the world a better idea of what makes the Haitian people so strong.” Her company is not the only one that sees the festival as a unique way to shout out to the world. Read more »

Viva La Peña

35 years of voicing opposition through music, art, and moxie

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Here's to you, Salvador Allende. Our governmental baddies-that-were may have helped assassinate you over the copper-nationalizing ways of your democratically elected Chilean presidential administration. But in your passing, you inspired the birth of an East Bay community center focused on the use of art for social awakening. Which we're happy to tell you continues to be an integral part of our area's radical cultural milieu to this day. Read more »

SFBG Radio: Tim and Johnny on the election

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about California Republican gubernatorial cadidates Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner and the upcoming voter initiative to legalize marijuana in the November election. You can listen after the jump.

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Street Threads: New York City

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Today's Look: Juli, Times Square

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Newsom's budget includes a few ideas "Supervisors can't stand"

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City department heads, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representatives from major news outlets, and others crowded into the Luggage Store Art Gallery at 6th and Market streets on June 1 to hear Mayor Gavin Newsom discuss his proposed 2010-2011 budget.

Colorful artwork, such as a collage fashioned from cereal boxes, adorned the walls, and Newsom said he’d selected the venue to emphasize his commitment to improving the blighted mid-Market area.

Newsom’s $6.48 billion budget is being put forth in the face of a roughly $480 million deficit, which places the city in a similar financial situation to last year, when the mayor’s budget proposal sparked an outcry from progressive supervisors and a wide array of advocacy organizations for its deep blows to public health programs and critical services.

At first glance, the Department of Public Health seems to have fared better this time around, as a partial result of outside funding through federal programs. However, Newsom proposed slashing $22 million from DPH, compared with a total department budget of approximately $1.4 billion.

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The Daily Blurgh: Gaydar, crafting-as-protest

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

Gaydar may actually exist.

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Who do you wanna see at Outside Lands this year? Lord, please let Janelle Monae and Al Green do a duet. Read more »

"Leather Gimp" wins it!

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Just in time for Pride Month, the winner of this year's International Mr. Leather competition (held this past weekend in Chicago) is New Mexican transman wheelchair-user -- and self-described "Leather Gimp" -- Tyler McCormick. We teared up at his speech. Diversity x 1 million = work the runway. In a leather jockstrap, even.  

Snap Sounds: Kisses

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To name a song “Midnight Lover” is ambitious, and perhaps dangerous. A song with a title so classically charged with sex and romance had better deliver. Luckily, this track from Kisses' upcoming album Heart of the Nightlife (Surround Sound) possesses enough swoon-worthiness to compensate for its relative lack of lust. This duo is romantic, and has the disco credentials – love of Cerrone and Gino Soccio; tutelage under Alec R. Constandinos – to deliver the sleek seduction. Read more »